Body Systems Lesson (Part 1): Working with Science
Objective: students will use drama to replicate living systems.
Students working in small groups will transform their bodies to simulate organs or other body systems (part of the fourth grade objectives). Systems (actors and organs) must work in tandem. The actions of one impact the actions/reactions of another. In Part 2 of this lesson, the students will use their organs to create a story. This lesson could also be used with machines to connect to mechanical science or teach other interconnected systems (e.g., political systems, food chains, life cycles). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.
To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fourth Grade Curriculum.